Smurfit Kappa reveals winners of the Better Planet Packaging Design Challenge
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The Dublin-based packaging company, Smurfit Kappa, has announced the winners of its first Better Planet Packaging Design Challenge.
The competition featured two challenges: to develop an alternative for the plastic stretch wrap which is used around pallets and to develop a fully paper-based parcel with thermal protection for chocolates.
The firm received more than 300 applications to the competition, with a freelance product designer from Germany winning the first challenge.
Eric Haas submitted his net-like structure made from paper that was designed to secure pallet loads of varying shapes and sizes.
Smurfit Kappa selected the innovative design due to the net being both flexible and reusable.
“I loved the sustainability focus of the challenge. It was an iterative process of innovation and I was delighted to find out that my idea has won the top prize,” stated Haas.
“I’m excited about the potential that my submission has and am looking forward to seeing it being developed.”
The second challenge was won by Kerstin Fischbacher, a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.
Fischbacher designed a product made from paper pulp which is recyclable and biodegradable.
“This is very exciting for me and the first time that I have got confirmation that all the work and research I do in my spare time has the chance to really make a difference,” remarked Fischbacher.
The competition was established by the company to reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste created.
“We got a fantastic response to the competition which caught the imagination of a lot of very talented people both inside and outside the company,” commented Arco Berkenbosch, VP of Innovation and Development at Smurfit Kappa.
“Both Eric and Kerstin’s ideas stood out for the versatility and innovation they offered. We plan to cooperate with both innovators to develop their winning ideas further.”
“We are excited about taking each of them to the next level and adding them to our Better Planet Packaging product portfolio.”
Experian’s 2021 Disability Equality Index top score
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability has awarded Experian North America the title “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” of 2021.
The association is the nation’s largest disability rights organisation, which works to advance the inclusion of people with disabilities.
Experian is a global information services company, which assists customers in their data management. With 17,800 employees operating across 44 countries, Experian is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Headquartered in California, USA, the company has a revenue of $5b.
Experian’s ongoing commitment to disability inclusion
People with disabilities represent over one billion people across the world, crossing the lines of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and religion.
Experian North America earned a score of 90 out of 100 on the Disability Equality Index® (DEI), which is considered the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool to measure disability workplace inclusion.
The company has been applauded previously for its attitude to diversity and inclusion:
- For the third year in a row, Experian earned its recertification as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For
- Experian is among the top of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance
- The Human Rights Campaign Foundation gave Experian North America a perfect score in its Corporate Equality Index, also for the third year in a row
- Experian was also honored as a Comparably Top 50 company for Best Outlook 2021.
More inclusion to be done for those with disabilities in the world, says Experian
Staff at Experian are thrilled with the result, but understand that their inclusion journey is not over.
“I am thrilled Experian is being recognised for our ongoing efforts to improve disability inclusion for employees, in our technology and how we support our clients”, said Wil Lewis, Experian North America’s chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. “We realise there is much more work for us to do, and to be done in the world, and we’re committed to continuing our focus on inclusion and belonging for all,”
"We are so pleased to partner with 319 companies this year on the Disability Equality Index”, said Jill Houghton, Disability:IN’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Part of corporate commitment to disability inclusion is recognising your stance and using it as an 'aha moment' to drive the business investments needed to scale change. Inclusion and accessibility cuts across the enterprise, from cultural representation in the workforce, to technology acceleration, to incorporating supply chain diversity. These are tangible opportunities that leading companies can leverage to create sustainable impact for their business and brand."